Two Guatemalan boys rode their bicycles in front of a recently reopened building that had served as a Benedictine monastery in Tucson. An airplane! The two boys were among the hundreds who make the former monastery a temporary home on any given day. They and their families passed the initial asylum screening at the U. Most are on their way to another U. Their previous location in Tucson was not big enough to accommodate the influx of asylum seekers. The Benedictine sisters left the monastery last year, and the new owner, Ross Rulney, offers the use of the vacant property through the end of May, according to the Associated Press.
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The Casa Alitas Program serves migrant families who have left their home countries to escape violence and poverty. We provide care, short-term shelter and help to reunite with family members in the U. Most migrants arriving in our community are parents, children, and pregnant women from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Most have traveled from their homes, through Mexico, to reach Arizona, a journey of several days to weeks. ICE provides them with documentation and orders to report to an immigration hearing. This has resulted in an increased number of families being released into the community who need our assistance. As many as travelers have arrived at our hospitality centers in a day. Volunteers greet the travelers and help them contact family members in the U. They may also help them to get a confirmation number for a bus ticket, which family members have purchased.
The Alitas Program serves migrant men, women, and children who have left their home countries to escape violence and poverty. We provide care, short-term shelter and help to reunite with family members in the U. ICE provides them with documentation and orders to report to an immigration hearing.